The film will present Putin’s viewpoint of political events since he was first elected president of Russia in March 2000.
“It opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard,” Stone told the newspaper, adding that his crew went to see the indefatigable Russian leader four times over the course of two years.
“I talked to him originally about the Snowden affair, which is in the film. And out of that grew, I think, a trust that he knew that I would not edit it so much,” he said, adding that Putin “talks pretty straight.”
“I think we did him the justice of putting [his comments] into a Western narrative that could explain their viewpoint in the hopes that it will prevent continued misunderstanding and a dangerous situation – on the brink of war.”
. . . The US political class loved Yeltsin, of course, because Yeltsin was a compliant buffoon who eviscerated the state and caved in to all the demands of the western corporations. Not so Putin, who has made great strides in rebuilding the country by nationalizing part of the oil industry, asserting his authority over the oligarchs, and restoring the power of the central government.
More important, Putin has repeatedly condemned Washington’s unilateral war-mongering around the world, in fact, the Russian president has become the de facto leader of a growing resistance movement whose primary goal is to stop Washington’s destabilizing regime change wars and rebuild global security on the bedrock principle of national sovereignty. Here’s how Putin summed it up at Valdai . . . continue reading . . .
The U.S. national security adviser, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, says Russian President Vladimir Putin is “acting against the Russian people’s interest” in his relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his policies to aid the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Sott Comment: So it is clear the US has no mind of changing the decades old foreign policy but just to continue unabated: The Rise of the Generals
What the warhawks and presstitute corporate media will never tell you about North Korea . . . At the end of a long list of facts that are almost guaranteed to shock you, we read:
North Korea has not invaded or attacked any nation since the end of the Korean War, while the US has bombed over 30 countries.
How many countries is the US currently bombing?? Can’t answer?
Who is the aggressor here? Who has refused to “talk” to North Korea?
Who has threatened to use nuclear weapons repeatedly against North Korea?
Why can’t the US simply sit down and agree to bilateral talks?
Is there a logical reason why this cannot be done? What is there to lose by such talks?
This whole policy of antagonizing, instead of talking, is insane!
We know its insanity; we don’t know if it is an intentional rejection of diplomacy.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has raised the prospects of holding joint exercises with China as Manila seems to be distancing itself from its traditional ally, the United States.
“Only regional countries themselves can suitably establish security in this region and the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman and the presence of extra-regional countries has always been a source of tension and crisis,” Sayyari said on Monday.
He pointed to the Iranian naval forces’ readiness to repel threats by arrogant powers, saying that the country’s Armed Forces would not allow an act of aggression as they are fully prepared to defend the Islamic Republic and deter any military attack.
The commander added that Iran’s Armed Forces, including the Navy, are boosting their might and reiterated that the Islamic Republic’s military power and defense achievements would not be used for aggression against any other country.
Iran is increasing its military power only to defend the country, safeguard its territorial integrity and protect its national resources and interests.
As the battle continues, humanity suffers:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Female genital mutilation and what we’re really talking about beneath the weasel words ‘genital cutting’
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Beijing hires Erik Prince as guardian of the New Silk Road, by F. William Engdahl . . . this does not bode well for the future! A real shocker of a read! I think Engdahl is surprised, as well, as he wonders about China’s decision-making process. I hope this story is just beginning!
Security management is euphemism for bodyguards. Maybe Prince’s people have mastered the martial arts skills of Jason Statham who never needs firearms. Or maybe he is a liar. In either case, it’s a major event that China makes Erik Prince, ex-Navy Seal, CIA asset and co-founder of the notorious Blackwater, as guardian of its strategic New Economic Silk Road.
One of the biggest political overhangs facing the market may have just been removed, when moments ago AP and other newswires reported that House Democrats and Republicans are said to have reached a $1 trillion spending deal to keep the government – which is currently operating thanks to a last minute one-week stopgap measure enacted on Friday – open until October 1.
Sanctions as war crimes: US repeating in Syria what starved 500,000 children to death in Iraq? . . . in case you didn’t know.
Human rights ‘high’ on Trump’s agenda, Priebus says
Warlord no more? ‘Butcher of Kabul’ calls for peace and to lay down their weapons in 1st public appearance in 20 years . . . I’m not sure I can say this with any accuracy, but I believe I read a short time before the United States bombed Afghanistan that Russia has been negotiating with the Taliban to bring it into a place of peace in the life of Afghanistan. Perhaps we are seeing the results of this now.
“I invite you to join the peace caravan and stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy war,” he said, urging all insurgent groups to end the war and join the peace process in Afghanistan.
Hekmatyar, a former close friend of Osama Bin Laden, added that only Afghans can bring peace and stability to the country, not foreigners.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – NATO may boost its presence & prolong ‘training’ mission in Afghanistan . . . apparently a peaceful Taliban is unthinkable and not to be permitted
Japan Deploys Warship To Support US ‘Armada’, Authorizes “Necessary Use Of Weapons” For First Time Since World War II
After failed missile test N. Korea threatens to sink US nuclear sub in S. Korea . . . Right now, talk is cheap, but the US had better be careful, or they may find themselves with a real problem on their hands.
“We will respond” states Russia – in response to Norway’s decision to deploy NATO missile systems . . . I wonder how much the elites are being paid 🙂
In an interview with Dagbladet newspaper, Russia’s ambassador to Norway Teimuraz Ramishvili, stated Russia will respond.
“On our side, there will follow an answer not just to Norway but to the whole of NATO” – said the diplomat.
Ramishvili said that Russia and Norway may have different points of view on the issue of NATO missile shield, but neighbors should engage in dialogue and find a solution that satisfied both sides. According to him, the Scandinavian kingdom’s elites refuse to discuss with Moscow the disturbing question of the future role of Norway in the European missile defense system.
If you look at it from the Turkish position, Turkey has been the number-one ally in this regime change project of the US. It has been doing Washington and London’s bidding for over five years at extreme political, diplomatic and economic cost to itself. And now it is on the verge of having all its influence in Syria wiped out; its proxies decimated or marginalized, and the US basically ditching it all together.
So they are very bitter and determined to make sure that they can claw back whatever influence they can. I think that is the real context to see this in. It is not so much about Turkish fears about the YPG, the Kurdish group in Syria, who aid the PKK; it is about their influence in Syria and they want their faction to dominate. The US inserting itself as basically human shields – certain US soldiers are human shields between them – is going to do nothing to deal with the fundamental causes of this tension.
Oliver Stone on his new documentary subject: Putin is a straight talker. . . it’s nice when people agree with me 🙂
While not officially announced, Stone confirms he is making a new film about Russian President Vladimir Putin that will be out soon. It will be a hot ticket given claims about Russian influence on the US presidential election and within the Trump administration
Saudi Arabia understands Germany’s reluctance and will not engage in “arguments” over weapon supplies any more, as the kingdom values good relations with Berlin and wants to develop cooperation in other areas, Saudi Deputy Economy Minister Mohammed al-Tuwaijri has said.
Berlin, which reportedly sold Riyadh over €500,000 million worth of weapons in 2016, has been reluctant to sign new deals due to the controversial Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.
“We accept the German unwillingness regarding the exports to Saudi Arabia. We know the political background,” al-Tuwaijri told the Der Spiegel magazine on Sunday.
– I guess my only question concerning these next three reports is how long ‘they’ think they can keep this going — before they sink themselves with it.
The Ahmadinejad effect: West and Iran still lost in translation decades into the Revolution, by Catherine Shakdam
President al-Assad: Stopping outside support to terrorists and reconciliation among Syrians are means to restore security to Syria – video [not in English, but the full text is printed here]
The alleged use of chemical weapons, a particularly odious weapon of mass destruction (WMD), serves as an effective prop to channel Western public outrage against Assad. Allegedly killing civilians with bullets and bombs just doesn’t have the same psychological power to incite public disgust. Poisoning little children with lethal chemicals is a more effective label with which to demonize the alleged perpetrator. But the more pertinent WMD issue here is Weapon of Mass Disorientation.